The player, Jennifer Hermoso, maintains that the kiss from Luis Rubiales was nonconsensual.
Attorneys are going after Spanish Soccer Federation President Luis Rubiales after he kissed national team captain Jenni Hermoso on the mouth after La Roja’s win over England.
Prosecutors presented a case against Rubiales to Spain’s National Court in Madrid two days after Hermoso formally accused him of sexual assault.
The prosecutors’ office in Madrid said that, according to a sexual consent law passed last year, he could face a fine or a prison sentence of one to four years if found guilty.
Jorge Vilda was among those who applauded Rubiales when he refused to resign despite facing widespread criticism for kissing a player without her consent.
Captains Álvaro Morata, César Azpilicueta, Rodri and Marco Asensio condemned the “unacceptable behavior” from Luis Rubiales for tarnishing the women’s team's win.
The U.S. soccer great praised the "unity" of the World Cup champions as Spain's soccer president refuses to resign over the kissing scandal.
FIFA said Luis Rubiales is removed from soccer duties for 90 days “pending the disciplinary proceedings opened” against him Thursday.
All 22 of Jenni Hermoso’s fellow world champions, and 58 other Spanish players, announced they will no longer play for Spain if Luis Rubiales doesn’t resign.
"I know that you have been watching me tonight and that you are proud of me," Spain captain Olga Carmona wrote in a tribute to her dad.